Hong Kong airport protesters retreat | 2019-08-15

Hong Kong airport protesters retreat

15 August, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Hong Kong airport protesters retreat

Pro-democracy protestors block the entrance to the airport terminals after a scuffle with police at Hong Kong's international airport late on Tuesday. Hundreds of flights were cancelled or suspended at Hong Kong's airport on the day as pro-democracy protesters staged a second disruptive sit-in at the sprawling complex, defying warnings from the city's leader who said they were heading down a "path of no return".

HONG KONG: Pro-democracy protesters retreated from Hong Kong's airport on Wednesday following two days of hugely disruptive rallies that turned violent and plunged the global financial hub further into turmoil, reports AFP.      

The protests ended early Wednesday morning following a series of clashes in which a policeman drew his gun after being beaten by demonstrators and other officers fired pepper spray.   

The rallies paralysed one of the world's busiest travel hubs, deepening a 10-week crisis that is the biggest challenge to Chinese rule of Hong Kong since its 1997 British handover.         

US President Donald Trump added to fears Beijing may be prepared to stage a military intervention to end the unrest, saying on Tuesday his intelligence had confirmed Chinese troop movements toward the Hong Kong border.


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